After 10 years as a Governor at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, stalwart Bill Greenwood is stepping down from the role he describes as “a thoroughly enjoyable journey.”
Bill, who worked as the Wigan Borough Assistant Director of Education until 1993 before moving into education consultancy, joined the Trust in 2008 following public election. But now, following his third term in office, he is required to step down.
Bill, 80, who lives in Standish with wife, Ann, said; “I have met some wonderful, dedicated people, whether they be staff or volunteers, who have the care of people, patients or the general public, at their heart – their commitment is to be celebrated and cherished.
“The result of this commitment is a hospital service of which the people of the Borough and beyond can be very proud.
“WWL is special and provides the quality of service, of which many other hospitals are envious, in spite of the continual problem of having to provide such quality services for which it is famed, within an ever decreasing budget.”
During his ten years as a Governor with the Trust Bill has been a valued member of a range of committees and working groups, has shared his in-depth knowledge at careers information days at the Borough’s schools and colleges and has welcome new members of staff at induction programmes.
He added; “I have a clear recognition of the introduction of the NHS in 1948 and the relief it brought to people when they no longer had to scrimp and scrape to pay for the doctor. I owe a significant debt of gratitude to the NHS, and the Wigan Trust in particular, for making me better when I have been ill.
“To all those people who have been supportive in voting for me on the three occasions I have put myself forward to be a Governor, you have provided me with a wonderful experience, and for that I shall be eternally grateful.
“It has been a journey which I have thoroughly enjoyed and will certainly miss. I can only hope that I have been able, in some small way, to contribute to the continued development of the Trust and the maintenance of a NHS.
Bill, who has two sons, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren, continued: “I would recommend to anyone who has the interest of the NHS at heart and the time to commit themselves to being a Governor to go for it.”
Paul Howard, Trust Board Secretary said: “Governors are the link between the Trust and the communities it serves and we are truly grateful to all governors for the time they so freely give.
“Bill has been an active member of our Council of Governors for such a long time and has become a regular face in and around the organisation.
“I would like to offer my personal thanks to Bill, and to his colleagues Tom Frost and Jean Heyes, who also retire from their Governor’s position this year, who have served for such a long period of time.”
For now though, Bill can enjoy extra time with his other range of commitments and interests, particularly family and cricket.